Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
31 Aug 2021
10:00 am

Landlords coining it, collecting cash for empty flats throughout lockdown

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Some landlords have been collecting thousands of Rands in rent from tenants unable to occupy properties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apartment to Let. Picture: NeilLang/iStock

A Pretoria father has been paying up to R7,000 per month this year for a vacant Pretoria apartment, while his university student son lives with him in Johannesburg. And he is apparently not the only one, since this appears to be an ongoing trend among families of university students across the country, who found themselves locked into lease agreements prior to and during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Some parents have chosen to keep paying rent in these unoccupied or partially occupied apartments, in order to secure accommodation "in case things go back to normal". Others feel they cannot get out...